PCDI wishes to thank
Toys"R"Us Children's Fund
for their generous gift and
continuing support.  PCDI is
proud to partner with Toys"R"Us
by promoting their shopping
guide for children with special needs.

Click here to see the guide.


PCDI Mission Statement

The mission of the Princeton Child Development Institute 

is to provide effective, science-based intervention 

for children and adults with autism

and, through research and dissemination,  

to extend treatment resources to people with autism, 

both nationally and internationally.

The Princeton Child

Development Institute

Pioneering Autism Intervention and Research for over 43 years

PCDI, founded in 1970, is a private, non-profit program offering a broad spectrum of science-based services to children, youths, and adults with autism. The Institute not only provides quality treatment, education, and professional training and mentoring in New Jersey, but through its research, has pioneered comprehensive intervention models that are used nationally and internationally for the benefit of persons with autism.

These programs teach young children to talk, play with siblings and friends, and read and write. Adolescents continue academic and work-study programs while learning to participate in their homes and communities. Adults perfect skills that allow them to maintain jobs and achieve greater levels of independence.

Because autism knows no national or cultural boundaries, PCDI shares its pioneering programs, technology, and research with professionals in the US and abroad so that all people who struggle with autism may benefit.

Princeton Child Development Institute Appoints New Board Members


PRINCETON, May 20, 2015 -- Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI), a nonprofit school for autism intervention located in Princeton since 1970, has elected three new members to its Board of Trustees.


"We are excited about the addition of these new Board members," said Thomas O. Ix, the President of PCDI’s Board of Trustees.  "They have an important mix of backgrounds in financial management and nonprofit sectors, and their experience will significantly benefit PCDI”. We expect 2015 to bring new challenges and opportunities for PCDI and I look forward to working with our new Board members.”

Newly elected Board members are:

Philip Edwards, Principal, Curcio Webb

Phil Edwards serves as a Principal in Curcio Webb’s Investment Consulting practice. He provides retirement, endowment and foundation plan sponsors advice on investment, governance, benchmarking and communication topics. Phil brings 30 years of investment, strategic planning and managerial knowledge to clients. Having served on both corporate and foundation investment boards, he understands a committee member’s perspective. In addition to North America, he has experience in European, Asian and Latin American markets. Prior to joining Curcio Webb, Phil led a $22 billion global investment advisory practice, built and ran a global manager research team, contributed to a corporate strategic planning department, and undertook credit research. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, receiving both undergraduate (BSBA) and graduate (MBA) degrees in finance.


“I am committed to the mission of PCDI and I look forward to being an active participant in PCDI’s vision for the future”, said Edwards.  “My goal is to enable the board to define the "business of the organization" so all of its energy can be spent in pursuit of results.”

Maureen Heckler, Executive Director, Maris Grove, an Erickson Living Community  

Maureen Heckler has more than two decades of leadership experience in the field of independent living, assisted living, long term care and sub-acute operation to draw upon. In her current role as Executive Director at Erickson Retirement Communities, Heckler is responsible for overall operations of a 1200 unit Continuing Care Retirement Community. Her extensive operational background also includes leadership positions with Sunrise Senior Living, Marriott International Senior Living Services, and Friendship Heights Brighton Gardens. She is also a volunteer member of the Development Committee of Family and Community Service of Delaware County.


“PCDI has significantly expanded its services in recent years,” stated Maureen Heckler. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees as they continue to deliver and expand services to children and adults with autism”.

Janice A. Mills, CFP©, Vice President, Business Lending, Investors Bank

Janice Mills has been a member of the central New Jersey banking community for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Investors Bank, Mills served as a Relationship Manager with Santander Bank and managed a middle market portfolio and new business development. She held relationship management positions with PNC and Summit banks, where she concentrated on business and commercial banking, particularly Middle Market lending. A Certified Financial Planner, Mills also was Vice President of Wealth Management at Wachovia Bank, with an emphasis on serving corporate executives and business owners.

“I am proud to be serving such a wonderful organization that nurtures the spirit within very special people”, said Mills.  “I hope that my banking experience will enable me to assist as the school prepares to expand its presence.”